by Max Barry

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The Empire of Atharia

“Strength Through Unity”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Force



Population1.984 billion

CapitalHarper City


The Empire of Atharia is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its digital currency, frequent executions, and anti-smoking policies. The cynical population of 1.984 billion Atharians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Harper City. The average income tax rate is 66.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Atharian economy, worth 171 trillion Soliduses a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 86,485 Soliduses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Social media sites prompt users to send birthday greetings to unresponsive nonagenarians, Atharians incessantly needle their doctors for relief, fat-shaming is now public policy, and you need a signed affidavit from a registered psychiatrist to claim that you have crazy low prices. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Atharia's national animal is the Peacock, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Atharia is ranked 38,456th in the world and 30th in Force for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 743.48 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Secular: 11,274thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,171stHealthiest Citizens: 17,371stLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,803rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,271stBest Weather: 19,308thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,655thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,339thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,025thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,234th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Atharia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Atharia's influence in Force rose from "Unproven" to "Page".
  • : Atharia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Atharia altered its national flag.
  • : Atharia relocated from Osiris to Force.
  • : Atharia was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Atharia ceased to exist in Force.
  • : Atharia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Atharia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Atharia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.


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